New program to assist service industry workers

  • Sunday, January 27, 2013

Submitted Photo This home is a listing from Kristi Poss Atkins. All homes qualify for the program.


Homes for Heroes is a program designed to provide savings to the people who make communities safe and better places to live.

Originally, the program classified heroes as firefighters or public safety officers. Since then, the definition has been expanded to include military personnel, health care professionals, educators and educational support staff, youth workers, pastors and more.

One thing that Kristi Poss Atkins, who serves as RE/MAX's affiliate in the North Augusta, Aiken and Edgefield area, points out is that the definition is rather broad.

“We've had some trouble getting the word out, and it's a program that is designed to give back to really anyone in the service industry,” she said. “For example, I've had people who have called and serve as teacher's aids, thinking they may not qualify. But after getting some details we can sometimes work with them and find a way to make things work.”

The program was created following the events of Sept. 11. Based out of Minnesota, the network has expanded and branched out throughout the country. Its purpose extends to those who are both buying and selling homes.

“This is the first time they've come down here, and they called me out of the blue,” Atkins said. “I have a good reputation with working with Veterans United and they asked if I wanted to come on board as their affiliate. Of course, I said yes.”

The total amount saved will depend on the price, but the rebates and discounts are a set percentage. The rebate on the gross brokerage commission is set at 25 percent and the loan origination fee is set at a 50 percent discount. The Homes for Heroes Realtors also offer full service at a discounted rate.

“We're looking to close on our first home here in February,” Atkins said. “It's a gentleman from the fire department in Beech Island. Anyone who thinks they could be interested in the program is free to give me a call and we'll see what we can do.”

Atkins can be reached at 221-2007 and she has also created a Facebook page, on.fb.me/XkVbgb.

If you would like more information on Veterans United, visit www.veteransunited.com.

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